New DSLR prompter from Autocue31 March 2014
At NAB, Autocue will debut a prompter designed specifically for DSLRs and will also demo its new iAutocue app.
The new DSLR prompter mounts to a standard set of 15mm rails in front of the DSLR. There is also an optional bar at the top of the hood to accommodate further accessories like on-camera lights, microphones and magic arms.
The company is offering two variants of the DSLR prompter – a universal tablet mount (iPad, iPad Mini and other tablets) and an 8″ monitor – with prices starting from $799. The products are already shipping to customers.
Mark Shoesmith, Autocue’s hardware director, explains the development of the DSLR product: “The use of DSLRs in video shoots has increased significantly, resulting in significant demand for a compatible prompter. Whilst various teleprompters (including our own) can accommodate DSLRs, they are far from a perfect fit. The Autocue DSLR prompter changes that.”
The company is also releasing a new prompting app, iAutocue. iAutocue enables operators to use an iPad to prompt scripts. The app also iAutocue allows users to generate video output from the iPad to a (or multiple) traditional teleprompter monitor. This can turned the iPad into a prompt edit workstation, preview monitor or a scroll control.
The iAutocue app also contains a new feature called ‘rehearsal mode’. This allows presenters to video themselves from the iPad camera whilst reading the script from the app, then immediately watch the recording back on the iPad.
“Normally you need a swathe of kit and power sources to use a professional teleprompter in the field,” Shoesmith explains, “even for short pieces to camera. The iAutocue app reduces this right down to a prompter and an iPad, all of which can fit in a single Peli case and be battery powered.”